The community has taken up a collection for Sunlands laid off employees


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Marnee Stratton stood at the beginning of a line, placing bars of soap in empty boxes that were passed to her Thursday morning. Stratton was part of a volunteer assembly line that packed the boxes with household essentials to distribute to the 100 laid-off workers from the Sunland […]

Gallery is local art staple

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Art Department intern Betsi Ordonez Santos refreshes the Runnels Gallery guest book to prepare for a new exhibit that started Wednesday featuring the works of Santa Fe artist Patricia Pearce.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library has been an art staple in the community, not just at the university. The space provides a home for a variety of artwork to be shared with students and the community, and features an array of artists that […]

My Turn: Curious Chris ‘edu-tains’ locals

Betty Williamson

For 15 years, Chris Harrell taught elementary students in Portales and Clovis, reinforcing lessons with clever original songs performed on guitar, harmonica and jug band instruments. When he retired in May from Bella Vista Arts Academy in Clovis, Chris happily closed his grade book and waved farewell to “all the hoopla that goes along with […]

Portales couple carries on family tradition of grinding own red chile powder


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer For the last 37 years, Corrine Gonzales goes through a day-long process of cutting, toasting and grinding red chiles. The year supply produces about eight to 10 large jars of chile powder, about the amount her family can consume in a year. It’s a tradition she inherited from […]

Communty program addresses dangers of teen impaired driving


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Melvin Nusser said in the 12 years he’s been principal at Portales High School, he’s thankful that none of his students have died in an accident caused by drinking and driving. He hopes that will remain unchanged through awareness brought to his students and the school’s community through […]

Portales school board non-committal on proposed $1 million share of stadium financing

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Whether Portales schools decides to support an $8 million Eastern New Mexico University football stadium by paying an eighth of its cost through a bond election is only up for discussion right now, says the district’s Superintendent Johnnie Cain. After ENMU was able to secure half the funding […]

Music, shopping at peanut festival’s second day

Kevin Wilson: CMI staff photo
The main walking area at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was lined with food vendors, leading to musical entertainment on the concrete slab. The fairgrounds hosted the annual Peanut Valley Festival, which continues 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds offers a chance to grab something to eat, dance to local musicians and fill the Christmas stockings without fretting about a Black Friday that’s a month away. Or, for brevity’s sake, it’s time to go nuts. The 40th running of the Peanut Valley Festival, […]

Sunland preparing for bankruptcy since April

CMI file photo
The Sunland peanut plant closed on Oct. 7.

Officials say ‘things happened’ Oct. 7 to force closing By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR and Christina Calloway CMI Senior Writer   Defunct peanut processor Sunland Inc. may have stunned and surprised Portales and much of eastern New Mexico by declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors this month. But documents filed in federal […]

Labor of love


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER Fourteen Melrose women have spent the past week laboring over a quilt that will be given to a girl whose father passed away while fighting for his country. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ruoff, originally from Canon City, Colo., was working in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when he […]

Budding PHS reggae artist spreads message of peace


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Jacob Hurt is spreading a message of peace one song at a time. “My message is to spread love, peace, and to change the modern perspective on how we view each other as humans,” said Hurt. The 18-year old Portales High School senior is a budding reggae […]

Peanut festival in 40th year

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Organizers of this year’s High Plain Quilt Festival said there are more than 200 entries this year, including wearable pieces, such as these vests pictured here.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer In its 40th year, the Peanut Valley Festival is going back to its roots this weekend at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. At one time, peanut farmers labeled the Valencia peanut the “golden egg” of Roosevelt County. But over the years, production has decreased because the crop has a […]

Transmission lines key to development


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer Eastern New Mexico officials have high hopes of a wind energy boom in the near future with projects such as Tres Amigas, the Brahms wind farm in Grady and a Roosevelt County wind farm all in the midst of being developed. But the key factor needed to encourage […]

Beefing up the herd


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer As the drought’s grip on eastern New Mexico loosens, Mitzi and Robert Miller say people are at least thinking about starting to expand their cattle herds again. The Millers certainly have. In fact, the American Angus Association has recognized the Miller’s “grandma and grandpa operation” for having the […]

Lady Rams sweep Texico


CMI staff TEXICO — After a bit of a rough start, the Portales Lady Rams took control Tuesday night. Behind 15 kills and 11 digs from senior Kristen Wagner, PHS improved to 10-4 with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-12 win over the Texico Lady Wolverines. Wagner was one of four Lady Rams with at least nine […]

Tres Amigas president: Completion date still 2016


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer The president of Tres Amigas told Pure Energy Expo attendees Tuesday that although the project’s groundbreaking date was moved back numerous times, the company has made great strides with the project in 2013. “Like any development, every day gets closer,” David Stidham said of this year’s progress. “We […]

No newbie to New Mexico


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has a new skipper in David Gomez, but he isn’t new to the area. Gomez played and coached at New Mexico Military Institute, and received a master’s degree in sports administration from New Mexico Highlands University. Gomez returns to New Mexico after stints […]

Health fair keeps growing


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Residents flocked to Roosevelt General Hospital Saturday morning to get flu shots, child immunizations, blood screenings, and other services at its health fair. A hospital spokesperson said the third annual event was expected to bring record numbers of participants. “Our first year, we maybe had 75 people […]

Jack is back


By Emily Crowe The pumpkin harvest is in full swing in eastern New Mexico, and local residents are taking to their front porches and kitchens to put the staple autumn squash on display. Several vendors at the Clovis and Portales farmers markets sell pie pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins and the more whimsical ornamental pumpkins and […]

Jury convicts accused killer


By Robin Fornoff Albert Ramirez’s sobbing during closing arguments Friday turned into accusations of an unfair trial when a District Court jury found him guilty of the 2007 first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend, Eladio Robledo, 39, of Clovis. Ramirez’s tirade erupted after Judge Teddy Hartley refused to let him read a statement into […]

Sunland closure hammers peanut market


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Kenneth Cox said the peanut market died in this area when Sunland, Inc. shut its doors Wednesday. The 48-year-old Roosevelt County farmer is among the peanut producers in the county and West Texas who have contracts with Sunland. He harvested and dug up his peanuts this year like […]